2012 WIADCA LABOR DAY CARNIVAL EVENTS
Honoring Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago on their 50th Anniversary of Independence
(Brooklyn, New York-August 16th): According to WIADCA’s President Thomas Bailey, this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Association 2012 Carnival Festival and events will honor and recognize the historic occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.
Jamaica’s Reggae superstar, Mr. Vegas, will join Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Maestro, Machel Montano on stage in an event designed to honor both Caribbean nations for achieving such important milestones in their national development.
2012 Labor Day Carnival Festival Program:
• Thursday Aug. 30th – All levels of Mas competitions, from “Ole Mas” to “Kings & Queens of the Bands”. Program includes top calypso artists.
• Friday Aug. 31st – For the first time in many years top Soca & Reggae artists will headline the popular “Brass Fest”. On stage will be Trinidad’s premier Soca Maestro, Machel Montano and Reggae Superstar, Mr. Vegas along with a huge cast of top notch performers from other Caribbean nations.
• Friday Aug 31st – (Daytime) “Youth Stay In School Program” – FREE Admission
• Saturday Sept. 1st – WIADCA’s eagerly awaited “Steelband Panorama Competition”
• Saturday Sept 1st – (Daytime) “Junior Carnival and Competition”. Children under 5 FREE. All others -$2 donation.
• Sunday Night Sept 2nd –“Dimanche Gras”, All-Star line-up includes Calypso Rose, Shadow, King Ajamu, Black Stalin and many others along with winners of all competitions, Something Positive Dance Troupe, and direct from Trinidad & Tobago, traditional costume characters and “Pan around the neck” steelband.
All the above concerts and events are held on the grounds of Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238.
Prices range from $25 to $50 per ticket and may be purchased on-line at: wiadcacarnival.org, at WIADCA Office: 323 Rogers Ave in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum, Charlies Record Store on Fulton Street and Tropical Paradise at Utica Ave & Ave “D”.
• Monday Sept 3rd – “Parade of Mas Bands”. Led by Grand Marshals from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and New York along with scores of “who’s who” – including the youngest ever Grand Marshal, Machel Montano, (representing T&T) Hon. Harry Belafonte, (representing JA) and New York City Council President, Christine Quinn. Invited Honorary Grand Marshals are: Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Also invited are our sponsors, community leaders, consuls general and other VIP’s join the giant Carnival Parade of thousands of colorful costumed revelers and millions of spectators who enjoy the music, spectacle, camaraderie, fun, food and friends.
• WIADCA is in the final planning stages of its Festival Program with an impressive line-up of artists and activities for the four days and nights at the Brooklyn Museum Grounds located at 200 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. The celebration culminates with the gigantic Labor Day Carnival Parade when over 40 Masquerade Bands and some 3 million jubilant spectators and supporters from around the world converge on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn from Schenectady Ave to Grand Army Plaza, line up from 8:00 am to begin the Parade at 11:00 pm, ending promptly at 6pm on Labor Day, September 3, 2012.
This year’s events will also be in perfect sync with two of the Caribbean region’s special and historic celebrations of Independence – Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.
WIADCA’s theme for this year is Unity: “History, Culture & Unity”. It reflects a renewed commitment to work together while acknowledging a common and shared heritage. Additionally, the New WIADCA Team understands that without the full support of its corporate sponsors, elected leadership, supporters of Mas & Steelbands and millions of loyal fans, there will not be a carnival festival.
WIADCA have been holding ongoing high-level meetings with NYPD (Brooklyn North & South Commands) and have been assured that every security precaution will be taken to protect masqueraders, spectators, and other participants throughout the Festival and Parade. Assistant Chief Thomas Chan has made it clear that the protection of the general public is safe and ensure that the safety of the festival is his top priority.
WIADCA will continue to provide regular updates, however, the public is invited to check out its new website to get more information, purchase tickets and /or make a donation to support the Mas & Steelband Programs at Brooklyn Museum at: www.wiadcacarnival.org.
WIADCA Office: 323-325 Rogers Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11225
Email all Enquiries to: email@example.com
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 130192, St. John’s, Brooklyn, New York 11213